The Atlantic Cup is Officially Announced!
THE ATLANTIC CUP
America’s Class40 Grand Prix!
Manuka Sports Event Management is excited to announce The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing. The Atlantic Cup is a brand new Class40 sailing race that will kick off from New York Harbor May 7th, 2011. From there competitors will sprint double-handed to sailing hub, historic, Newport, Rhode Island. There will be a $15,000 prize purse, which is one of the largest purses for professional sailing in the United States.
The 2011 race will showcase the top Class40 sailors in the U.S. as they sprint double-handed over the 240 nautical mile offshore course. Winning the distance race alone won’t be enough to be crowned Atlantic Cup Champion. Once in Newport, skippers will have to race a two-day, inshore series with a crew of six. The combined overall winner of both stages will be the very first Atlantic Cup Champion.
The Atlantic Cup is excited to have 11th Hour Racing as the presenting sponsor. 11th Hour Racing’s mission is to sail fast, promoting sustainable practices on our oceans. 11th Hour Racing’s program director, Jeremy Pochman said, “We are very much looking forward to being a part of The Atlantic Cup and we hope the race will sail fast, making our waters cleaner one degree at a time.”
To minimize our impact during this event, The Atlantic Cup will be run as a ‘Clean Regatta’ utilizing hydro-generators and bio diesel to power the race boats. Clean Regattas is a program of Sailors for the Sea, a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers boaters to protect and restore our oceans and coastal waters. More information can be found at www.sailorsforthesea.org.
Founder and Managing Partner of Manuka Sports Event Management, Hugh Piggin, stated, “The 2011 Atlantic Cup will be the first annual race Manuka plans to produce with the goal of promoting and growing the sport of professional offshore sailing in the United States. There is a terrific base of short-handed sailors right here and we want to give them an opportunity to showcase their skills.”
Atlantic Cup Race Facts
– Open to Class40 boats
– Race double-handed from New York to Newport, RI
– Depart New York Harbor May 7, 2011
– One day of Pro-Am racing held May 6, 2011 in New York Harbor
– Two days inshore fully crewed racing the weekend of May 14 in Newport
– Hospitality party on the start line in New York
– Finish Party and prize giving in Newport
– $15,000 prize purse